Guardian Core is the first boss of Stage 5 in Gradius: The Interstellar Assault.


Guardian Core, a large Gunwall, that as the name suggests, protects the ship of the unnamed antagonist of the game. When defeated, the player exits the enemy base and follows the Escape Pod containing the enemy.

Attack patterns

Pirior the battle, floor and ceiling tiles will rip off and home towards the player. Its top and bottom cannons shoot bouncing spherical energy bullets, and occasionally fires a large laser beam from the middle core.


There is a safespot in this battle - the small gap, directly where the laser is fired - all of the bosses' attacks will miss the player if he waits here. This makes this phase very easy.


Game Boy Gradius games
Ships Vic ViperCoreship
Nemesis Stages VolcanoCellMoaiBoneFortress
Gradius: The Interstellar Assault Stages RemainsBattleship InteriorAsteroid BeltPlanet SurfaceFortress
Nemesis Bosses VolcanoSuper Big CoreZub RushCrawlerZigzagStrikerAmbRecklessMother Computer Z
Gradius: The Interstellar Assault Bosses Infected StatueCore ReactorCrater CoreFortress GateGuardian CoreEscape Ship
End bosses and major enemies
Major Recurring Foes GoferBacterianDr VenomZelos Force (Zeros)Lars Empire
Minor Enemies Xaerous BrainO.V.U.M.Eleos BrainMother Computer ZGuardian CoreCentral ServerGenocide CoreMetal SlaveZelos BarrierDoom
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